"Cards Against Humanity," $25

"Cards Against Humanity," $25

Abandon the pleasantries and feel-good vibe of "Apples to Apples" and you get "Cards Against Humanity" - a card game that essentially follows the same rules as its family-friendly counterpart, but largely features terms that can't be said at the dinner table. Rather than matching safe proper nouns with innocuous adjectives, "Cards Against Humanity" tilts the game in an uncomfortable and hysterically awful direction with words and phrases that would be unwise to print in a magazine any kid could grab.

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Perplexus Epic, $23.99

Sorta like the "Rubik's Cube" meets "Mouse Trap." Inside of a sphere that you grip with both hands, guide a small silver ball through a maze composed of stairs, loops, ladder-like doohickeys and other landscapes to get the ball to point B. Not only do you need dexterous hand-tilting capability to actually get the ball to follow the path you want, but also a keen eye to know where the ball should go next.

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LEGO Death Star, $399.99

I'll be playing with LEGOs until I'm on my deathbed regardless of what set it is, but with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (aka Episode 7) in the works, now is as good a time as any to finally get your hands on one of the most technical and detail-oriented sets in the LEGO catalogue. Seriously, this thing even has little yellow dudes for all of the old Star Wars characters, including Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

The LEGO Store

4004 Gramercy St., Easton

614-342-2710

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"Settlers of Catan," $37.99

I find "Settlers of Catan" to be a nice alternative for those hardcore strategy gamers who may want to actually play a board game with mom and pop during the holidays. This is a classic game of build and conquer, but unlike "Risk," no one is shoved out. It becomes a competition of who can strategically gain the right resources (e.g., lumber, brick, wool) in order to build a civilization the quickest and gain the points needed for victory.

The Soldiery

4256 N. High St., Clintonville

614-267-1957

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Nintendo 64, $50

PS4? Xbox One? Get out of here. It's all about 1996's edition of Nintendo this year. I don't think a single system nowadays has been able to attain the caliber of this 64-bit stalwart console. It's got all the quintessential role-playing games, notably the best Mario and Zelda games ("Super Mario 64" and "Ocarina of Time," respectively). Not to mention a slew of titles that document '90s video game innovation, many of which set the basis for all of the fancy-pants, wireless controller, internet-connecting games of today.

Play It! Games, Movies, & Music

4324 N. High St., Clintonville

614-262-8888